I'm sorry if this is asked frequently but I have a problem, the computer I'm going to install Ubuntu is not mine and can only keep it for about 4-5 days, however I need Linux for homework.

In the past I used wubi so it was easy enough but everything I've read for a while says is no longer an option.

It's been 4 years or so since I last installed anything Linux related, I use Ubuntu on my PC but that was long ago, and I'm reading stuff like this:



Installing Ubuntu Alongside a Pre-Installed Windows with UEFI

That, to someone that messes up installations as good as I, it seems just too complicated, and I don't want to mess someone else's computer.

So, the question: How to install a minimum version so I can compile and run C programs I write?

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    You should use a VM, then.
    – muru
    Apr 14, 2015 at 8:08
  • possible duplicate of How do I install Ubuntu?
    – Fabby
    Apr 14, 2015 at 8:09
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    I'd suggest you install Virtualbox in Windows then install a light weight Linux such as Lubuntu in the virtual machine. You will have slightly reduced linux performance but not enough to notice it and almost no chance of upseting Windows. Apr 14, 2015 at 8:18
  • In the past I tried to install a VM (last time this happened) and the computer froze so much I couldn't do anything. It's a laptop, not THAT bad but still, the VM did not work. That's only part of what I was talking when I say I mess stuff up
    – keont
    Apr 14, 2015 at 11:10

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You dont need to install Ubuntu. Just make a live USB media using Linux Live USB Creator from Windows.

Here is the guide.

While creating USB use persistence.

What is persistence?

Usually, on a live CD or Live USB key, all modifications are discarded when you reboot.

The persistence allows you to keep your preferences and data even after reboot.

The data are stored in a special file called casper-rw (for Ubuntu) and overlay-USBLABEL-UUID (for Fedora). This is a completely transparent process for the user.

Usually, 300 MB are enough to install some software but you can use more.

The Linux Live USB Creator also has an option to run inside windows using virtual box which it downloads if the option is checked.

  • Let us continue this discussion in chat. Apr 14, 2015 at 9:46
  • can't upvote because rep but thanks a lot for the answer, I will try to do it as soon as I get home.
    – keont
    Apr 14, 2015 at 11:10
  • Please read the guide carefully Apr 14, 2015 at 11:12
  • I will. Problem might be to have a drive of size and such. With this stuff I always wonder: would "putting" the files into an external drive work? I understand usb=flash and so in this case I guess no, but just in case
    – keont
    Apr 14, 2015 at 11:18
  • External drive should work with no problem as it acts as a flash device and is plug and play Apr 14, 2015 at 11:21

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